Book Review

Writing for Professional Publication: Keys to Academic and Business Success

Reviewed by James Redfield,
Superintendent, Lester Prairie Public Schools,
Lester Prairie, Minn.

 

The advice in Kenneth Henson's book, Writing for Professional Publication: Keys to Academic and Business Success, is definitely "write on."

Henson stresses "simple, direct and clear writing" when school leaders seek to publish articles about their work in professional journals. Superintendents can use this book to learn how to write more effectively, master the art of writing and get their writing published.

Packed with practical tips gathered over the author's many years of writing and teaching professionals how to write, this would be a valuable addition to the professional's library. Writing is an empowering activity, yet it is hard work and requires self-discipline.

In addition to the book’s 13 chapters, which deal with style, research and organization of articles, Henson has written 16 excellent appendices to help the prospective writer succeed at getting his or her work published. These expand on the main ideas through the use of examples and models.

(Writing for Professional Publication: Keys to Academic and Business Success, by Kenneth T. Henson, Allyn and Bacon, Des Moines, Iowa 1998, 330 pp., $24.95 softcover)